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  • Blog Post: XAML PowerToys for VisualStudio - Speed up Development of Business Apps and Just Edit XAML Faster!

    Check them out - including screenshots - on Karl’s (one of my friends) site: http://karlshifflett.wordpress.com/xaml-power-toys/ XAML Power Toys Speed up production of Business (LOB) Applications in WPF and Silverlight! Automatically create XAML views from VB or C# Code: · Create WPF...
  • Blog Post: 3 Easy Steps to WPF Pixel Shaders. Template Project and Five Shader Samples (Twirl UI, Light, Blobs, Grayscale and Wave reflection)

    In This Tutorial: · Template project and simple 3-step instructions to kick start WPF pixel shaders · Introduction to Pixel Shaders in WPF · Source Code for 3 pixel shaders · Links to 2 pixel shader sources on the web Using Shaders in WPF: The Easy Way Pixel shaders are a great way...
  • Blog Post: LayoutTransform control in Silverlight 2

    I found a very good post: How to do LayoutTransform in Silverlight. Currently Silverlight supports RenderTransform out of the box. Read this: http://blogs.msdn.com/delay/archive/2008/05/27/lying-to-the-layout-system-for-a-good-cause-bringing-layouttransform-to-silverlight-2.aspx on how to make a layout...
  • Blog Post: What's new In the WPF 3.5 SP1 Visual Studio Editor with Erick Ellis and Mark Wilson-Thomas

    Erick Ellis and Mark Wilson-Thomas talk about what's new in the WPF editor for Visual Studio in .NET 3.5 SP1. Topics include faster performance both from WPF and optimizations of their own, new cool visualizers, the Document Outline (very useful for WPF Apps) and more. And as Mark mentioned, if you want...
  • Blog Post: Reading Embedded Resources

    Just a small reminder for myself. I have to do this way too often recently to remember. This is how to read embedded resources in Silverlight application (or WPF app for that matter) - like binaries, images, xml, etc, from an embedded resource /// <summary> /// Reads information from an embedded...
  • Blog Post: We're Hiring - Part 3 (Revolutions)

    Update on job positions! Do you want to work as part of the Microsoft Visual Studio Product Team? If "yes", please contact me for details. For the people that contacted me already: thank you. I've been forwarding your CVs as appropriate to our recruiters in the past few weeks. List...
  • Blog Post: Binding Animation To and From Properties

    When trying to bind animation To and From properties to something else you may get this exception: “ Cannot freeze the storyboard timeline tree for use across threads”. One possible workaround is to put the animation in a resource. I found a very good post with a sample and few ways to make this work...
  • Blog Post: We're Hiring Reloaded!

    Update on job positions! For the people that contacted me already: thank you. I've been forwarding your CVs as appropriate to our recruiters in the past few weeks. Sorry for not anwering yet to all of you. Will get back to you ASAP. There are several new job openings: 1. WPF/Silverlight designer...
  • Blog Post: WPF Application Quality Guide v0.1 Released

    This is a v0.1 white paper that we hope upon completion to be a one-stop point for guidance and best practices to improve product quality and testability for WPF applications. The first CTP of the paper has few selected content. Content in HTML format Content in word doc for download
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 is Out!

    Nice. I'm so happy. Our product is RTM now!!! Yes!!!!!! http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/default.aspx :))
  • Blog Post: Optimizing WPF 3D scenes for Tier-2 Hardware (roughly Pixel Shader 2.0+)

    I just found this very nice blog entry with hints for WPF 3D Summary of the hints that I found more interesting/not common: 1. Set Viewport3D.IsHitTestVisible to false. It's true by default, which means that hit testing for 3D content is performed on mouse over. 2. GeometryModel3D - prefer using...
  • Blog Post: Converting RTF on the Clipboard To XAML

    Here is a simple function that will convert RTF data on the clipboard to XAML: /// <summary> /// Returns the text contents of the clipboard as XAML /// </summary> /// <returns></returns> public static string GetFormattedXamlFromClipboard() { System.Windows...
  • Blog Post: Retrieving Information From Excel 2007 Files

    Ever needed a sample code to programmatically extract data from Excel 2007 table? Given an excel table like this (in book1.xlsx): Name ID Color Ball 1 White Phone 2 Green Cup 3 Yellow Here’s a...
  • Blog Post: RichTextBox Tips

    Although this blog is about XAML only I decided to take on the next step and write some code behind. 1. How to get selection range excluding the UIElements and such from RichTextBox: StartIndex = new TextRange(richTextBox.Document.ContentStart, richTextBox.Selection.Start).Text.Length; Count =...
  • Blog Post: Blobbying #1 - Introducing Blob the Builder

    Do you remember long time ago when you (or someone else) used to play with small and cute snails, dirt, and sticky, slimy things? The blobs are here again! Remember your most precious childhood memories (where applicable) with this short blobbyfying experience. Above is what we are going...
  • Blog Post: XAML Load support in Cider May CTP Release. Sample app.

    You would be glad to know that some of the improvements in May CTP include: - Support for x:Static - Traversing properties, for e xample: TargetProperty = " (Control.Background).(LinearGradientBrush.GradientStops)[1].(Offset) " - Improved resolution of Control Templates, Bindings, Resources...
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